Top APM Tools

Application Performance Management (APM) is a way for companies to monitor and manage their software applications and performance. It is a critical function managed by DevOps, IT operations, application teams, developers, support teams, business managers, and other application professionals.

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 70,000 views of the top APM tools by real users in the past year and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and comparing APM vendors on IT Central Station.

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The most compared APM solutions for the first half of the year was CA APM v. New Relic with 774 comparisons by real users, while the most compared for the second half of the year was Appdynamics v. Dynatrace with 730. The most compared APM solutions of all of 2014 were Dynatrace v. New Relic, with over 1,127 comparisons on IT Central Station.

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PeerPanel Webinar – APM Solutions: A User Perspective Roundtable

exchange-of-ideas-222788_640On January 8th 2015 IT Central Station hosted a PeerPanel Webinar on APM Solutions. The PeerPanel event series provides an online platform for real users of enterprise technology to share their candid, real-life experiences researching, selecting and using enterprise technology products and services.

Application Performance Management is one of the most dynamic categories at IT Central Station. APM Solutions provide a way for companies to monitor and manage their software applications and performance, managed by DevOps, IT operations, application teams, developers, support teams, business managers, and other application professionals.

The distinguished panel included:

  • Marty Smith, CIO of GreenSky, a leading company in the consumer finance marketplace. Marty has experience with CA APM, Riverbed, BMC, AppDynamics, IBM, NetIQ, Mercury and HP Openview.
  • Manish Parikh, Engineer at a large fortune 100 bank based in the U.S. Manish has experience with CA APM.
  • Gil Bahat, DevOps Engineer at Magisto, an SMB in the technology space. Gil has experience with New Relic.

The event was moderated by IT Central Station CEO, Russell Rothstein and included many interesting discussions raised by dynamic questions from the audience, including Mobile APM, Root Cause, Pricing and other interesting topics.

For more information and a full video of the PeerPanel Webinar visit: http://www.itcentralstation.com/articles/peerpanel-webinar-apm-solutions-a-user-perspective-roundtable

 

 

Why DevOps Needs a Friend – Adopting APM When Performance Matters

Today’s guest blogger is Larry Dragich. Larry is the Director of Customer Experience Management at The Auto Club Group and an Expert Reviewer on IT Central Station. He has written extensively about APM and runs the APM Strategies group on LinkedIn.

As enterprises embrace the DevOps philosophy, and the coalescence of the Development and Operations continues, I foresee the conditions ripening to foster innovative methods of making application performance better and code deployments smoother. To me, the argument that system monitoring is just a “nice to have” and not really a core requirement for operational readiness dissipates quickly when a critical application goes down with no warning.

Why DevOps Needs a Friend

Why DevOps Needs a Friend

Application Performance Management (APM) has been bred with all the right elements to give us the insights we need to see the health of our applications. Similar to your most trusted watch dog, it alerts us to anomalies when events occur, providing awareness to the environment that only they can observe.

This is where APM can bridge the gap between Development and Operations, supporting the entire application lifecycle. There are certain APM principles that weave themselves in and through the DevOps philosophy that create a fabric of continuous improvement. The end-user-experience (EUE) is one of these threads, becoming the yardstick by which to measure application performance.

Development and Operations view APM in a slightly different light, largely because it is a concept that consists of multiple complementary approaches for addressing issues surrounding application performance. Understanding the different requirements for Development and Operations is one of the key elements needed for APM adoption to take off in both areas.

It is not necessarily the number of features or technical stamina of each monitoring tool to process large volumes of data that will make an APM implementation successful; it’s the choices you make in putting them together, creating an amplified feedback loop between Development and Operations (one of the core tenets of DevOps).

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APM: Running With a Renegade — DevOps

This week’s guest blogger is Larry Dragich. Larry is the Director of Enterprise Application Services at The Auto Club Group and an Expert Reviewer on IT Central Station. He is a thought leader in the APM field and brings with him 24 years of IT experience. Contact us if you would like to be one of our guest bloggers. lDragich

Much like electricity, APM will take the path of least resistance when entering into an organization, attracted to the area with the strongest need; lightning, as soon as it is triggered, needs to find ground. It may be brought in to help resuscitate an application that has recently become lethargic or assist the team in rehabilitating an intrinsic codebase. Once the goal is attained however, the propensity to pigeonhole APM as a point solution is high.

Now contrast this with DevOps which is moving forward with a momentum permeating IT and giving us a means to change the way we think and operate as a partner to the business. From a waterfall perspective the sprints in scrum may have tainted the stream, but DevOps disrupts the flow entirely, rerouting the way we do work. The exploration of DevOps springs from the need to keep up with the insatiable expectations from the business without losing a competitive edge or operational stability.

As the definition of DevOps is distilled and actions are outlined for a common practice (e.g. “The Phoenix Project”), APM has the opportunity to expand its role as a strategic initiative. The areas of Development, Operations, and Network no longer need their own monitoring tools and APM can help fulfill this consolidation.

My suspicion however, is that most IT organizations are still accumulating duplicative tool sets across each segment of responsibility and have not yet selected one monitoring solution to cover their entire application lifecycle.

On its best day, with win-win as a goal, APM becomes altruistic, providing value to everyone who engages with it, transcending the singular stereotype its earlier success has garnered.

Since it has roots in BSM and is a close cousin to BI, it has the potential to become a charming and vivacious host to the business supporting their key strategic initiatives. Serving up real-time monitoring metrics for business reporting and trending will go a long way in providing value across a broad spectrum of requirements.

Convincing the astute executive to advance APM to a strategic level can prove to be challenging. Demonstrating how APM can help Operations lower their MTTR and assist Development with efficient code deployments is essential. Highlighting the big picture with APM extending to all areas within the SDLC will likely get a more positive response from the visionaries. For insight on this read: 3 Tips to Gain Executive Buy-In on APM.

Conclusion

As the coalescence of Development and Operations continues, APM stands ready to bridge the gap and facilitate a mind meld of sorts, becoming more than just a monitoring platform. However, with dozens of point solutions for monitoring already dotting the landscape, the transcendence of APM to a strategic solution may be short lived if a mutual benefit does not surface. Ironically, that benefit may be derived from supporting the very thing that could denounce APM as a point solution, DevOps.

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This article was originally posted on APMdigest.com.